Bov (8989) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - JAN 12, 2004
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle #59658, sampled 10 Jan 2004 - red-brown colour, few foam, very complex aroma of roasted malts, raisins, strawberry, alcohol and wood, light oily, sweet with a strong bitterness, powerfull and dry finish with notes of prune and alcohol - complex and very robust. Thanks to Ungstrup for this bottle and to fiulijn for sharing it with me !
fiulijn (13445) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 12, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle #59658, sampled 10 Jan 2004, 6 ys old
Amber color. Very strong malt and caramel aroma and flavor. Sweeter than younger examples (1999 and 2000, 3 years old), less complex and fruity, but still a giant beer. Thanks a lot Jens (Ungstrup), for this rare bottle!
zathrus13 (1685) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - JAN 11, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I bought this bottle in early 1998 and opened it on 1/10/04. It is a beautiful amber color. The aroma is a hops and caramel. The taste is sweet, with hints of hops, fruit, and alcohol. Worth trying, if you you can still find it.
Ungstrup (28253) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - OCT 12, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
[Sampled October 11, 2003] The aroma is sweet and very complex with notes of plums, alcohol, fruit and sligt earth. The color is amber and it has a beutiful though disappearing head. The flavor is great; a nice sweetness with notes of plums, wood, fruits, figs, and slight hints of the alcohol. This is a great beer - that has aged very well.
Blake (396) - Orange, California, USA - APR 26, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Had from bottle on April 18, 2003 at the Suffed Sandwich
I was very surprised by this vintage ale. A full 6 years old, it has aged very well and is a nice find if you can get your hands on one. The beer pours with a dark, creamy brown/orange color with a fair haed that is slightly off-white and mostly diminishes. The aroma is very strong malt and caramel with a slight bread scent. The flavor is extremely complex with hints of all kinds of different flavors - fruit, alcohol, and hops are amongst the offenders. A very complex palate with a full body and slight carbonation. Very highly recommended.